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Rebuild of blaze school under way
Tideway School plan
Tideway will be integrated into a single complex under the plans
The multi-million pound redevelopment of an East Sussex school badly damaged in an arson attack has got under way.

The fire destroyed or put out of use large parts of Tideway Community School, in Newhaven, in April 2005.

A turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the 10m rebuilding work took place on Friday afternoon.

Head teacher Adrian Money said the school refused to be beaten, and pupils would be able to move into the new building in October 2008.

He said since the devastating fire, the school had received "tremendous support" from both the local community and the wider community.

Fire scene from East Sussex Fire and Rescue
The fire in April 2005 caused extensive damage

"We've put an awful lot of effort into making sure that all students' education continues."

The main hall, library and staff room were destroyed and 40 classrooms were damaged.

Many of the pupils have since had to be taught in temporary buildings.

During the rebuilding and modernisation work, alternative accommodation for pupils and teachers will be provided on the site while major work, including demolition, will take place during the school holidays.

The school, which is a specialist technology college, was praised by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year for the way it had overcome "extraordinary challenges" since the fire.

The governing body also received a good governance award from East Sussex County Council last week for the role it has played in the management of the school since the arson attack.

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